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Ride Warpig 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 142, 148, 151, 154, 158
  • Flex: 4
  • Profile: Rocker
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £425/ €500
  • BUY FROM SURFDOME

The Warpig takes no prisoners. It’s a hard charging, pow surfing, slush slashing weapon of mass destruction. If you’re after a board that’s going beat the shit out of your friend’s neatly arranged quiver, then this might just be the hog to handle it.

The directional shape lends itself nicely to ripping and gripping on groomers, with the board being just stiff enough to hold its edge through those tasty carves. A blunt nose and tail reduce swing weight so there’s no excuse not to get that three up to a five right…? The cut off tip and tail also mean you’re able to downsize without losing control, with the effective edge remaining consistent to that of a larger board.

“The cut off tip and tail also mean you’re able to downsize without losing control, with the effective edge remaining consistent to that of a larger board”

The big schnozz and wider profile make it perfect for riding powder, keeping you floating with no dramas. The rocker profile gives a helping hand to effortless turns in the deep stuff and shows a swift middle finger to that back leg burn we all love so much.

If you’re after a board that will stand the test of time then keep your peepers peeled. The Warpig is ultra-durable and able to take (and give) a beating. Double impact plates are placed under each binding to reduce the risk of a rip out, extra steel has been added to the edges, and the sidewalls have been reinforced to laugh in the face of dings and knocks.

You want to ride the Warpig slightly shorter than your regular board, and in doing so you’re able to dominate it more, throw it into spins easier, and get tighter turns. Ideal for any and all conditions, the Warpig is definitely a board for a more confident rider who’s used to cruising and bruising.

Tester’s Verdict

Joy DutchWhitelines

“I’ve been keen to try the Warpig since Ride brought out the smaller size, and I got to try it out on a May bluebird day after we’d just got a huge dump of snow.

“Despite its impressive performance elsewhere, it felt like this board was made for boosting sidehits and playing around”

Despite the wider profile and my embarrassingly small feet (UK 4), I actually didn’t find it a problem. I was still able to throw it edge to edge and didn’t feel a lack of control at all. As the piste warmed up and started getting slushy I was pleasantly surprised with its ability to smash through lumps and bumps.

You’re able to really crank down and pump turns through your back leg, and once you got on an edge you were locked in solid as anything.

Effortless float in powder; you can ride loosey-goosey surf style when you want to or get a bit meatier and slash big roosters. Quick in and out of trees, it’s great for them tighter turns.

Despite its impressive performance elsewhere, it felt like this board was made for boosting sidehits and playing around. It spun easily and the flat sections made landings feel super solid, while buttering around flatland felt easier than it should have. I would very happily buy one of these today and ditch my other boards for a season.”

Tester’s Verdict

Rhys JonesTDC Snowboarding

What a FUN board. It is shaped like a coffin which put a smile on my face. Good graphics aswell which
suited the vibe of the board. Size wise, I rode smaller than I would usually ride due to its short wide
profile and found it fun and easy to throw around. Gives a real surfy feel to your riding.

“Suited best to a intermediate to advanced rider who enjoys freestyle, wants a fun shred stick and likes to have a good hoon”

This board is really versatile. I found it performed well both on hard pack piste cruising along and also
performed real well in the park over jumps, on rails and for flat ground tricks. Impressive edge hold for a mid-flex board. It was great for general side hit fun. It wasn’t particularly swift to change edges due to the larger waist width.

Being a flat board I did miss the pop you get from a cambered board whilst carving and wouldn’t suited to those looking for a high performance carving board. Managed to take this off-piste and even put a few powder turns in. This board did not disappoint still delivering a good performance in softer snow.

The tapered directional shape really works well to give the board added float. It did loose a bit of its stability in uneven harder off-piste terrain. Suited best to an intermediate to advanced rider who enjoys freestyle, wants a fun shred stick and likes to have a good hoon.

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Chris MoranHere Be Treasure

“I had high hopes for this one, having been accosted by another tester over pint four of apres and told that the Warpig was essentially one of Michelangelo’s lost masterpieces. Sadly though, on my turn to gather the generals in their masses, the temperatures had risen, and the powder perfection was replaced with a rain inversion. Sheeeeet (ice).

Whether I’d have loved the War Pig though is a hard one for me. It was by far the widest of the nug-ified pow boards, and with UK 8.5 snowboard boots I felt undergunned. I reckon you need 10.5s upwards for the Warpig to not feel like a tank.

“It was the one board that everyone looked at and gave appreciative nods to, so Ride must be doing something right. I just didn’t get what that was”

Aesthetically, the squared-off nose and tail (twinned too – que passa powder board?) didn’t float my boat. It reminded me of a 1980s Ford Grenada bonnet. The elegance and hand-crafted lines of the Jones Storm Chaser nose felt like an Aston Martin grill in comparison.

That said, it was the one board that everyone looked at and gave appreciative nods to, so Ride must be doing something right. I just didn’t get what that was. But yes, the snow was pretty awful that day so I’d like to try it again in better conditions for sure. Either that, or instead of having my finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist, I have in fact, just got it stuck up my own arse. Hard to tell.”

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